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Dear Accelerated Reader, It’s not fair.

Dear Accelerated Reader, It’s not fair that you assign fewer points to nonfiction than fiction. For example, students who read The Hunger Games (GL 5.3) get a whopping 15 points, but students who read Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Hopkinson (GL 7.4) receive a measly 7 points. Yes, Titanic is only 289 pages compared …Read more

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Book review & text-dependent questions for War Dogs: Churchill and Rufus

War Dogs: Churchill and Rufus (Selbert, 2013) has a lot of potential for teaching in grades 4-5 with students studying World War II.  While this book is listed for grades 2-5, I think it would be hard for 2nd and even 3rd grade students to understand the main ideas. For all readers, the author assumes …Read more

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“Go to” author for historically-based stories–Barb Rosenstock

I discovered Rosenstock when I read The Noisy Paintbox which is a Caldecott Honor book for 2015. Beautiful with sophisticated language and strong main ideas. I immediately checked out her other biographically-based stories–stories “based on” her interpretation of primary sources. These books could be read aloud to younger students, but the language and ideas are …Read more

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New Book – Water Can Be… for Reading Aloud in 1st-3rd

Water Can Be… by Salas (Millbrook Press, 2014) has a lot of potential for enjoyment and instruction in the classroom. This book is a “poetic exploration of the many roles of water throughout the year.” When I first read it, I had to let go of making complete sense of the content and just enjoy …Read more

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New Book – Accessible Intro to Microorganisms for 1st-3rd

LOVE THIS BOOK. An accessible introduction to microbes for 1st through 3rd grade. Definitely read aloud to students, pausing for space to “oooo” and “aaah.” I’d even be tempted to use it with older students as an introduction to more complex texts on this topic. Davies, the author, talks to you, the reader, in a …Read more

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New Book for Reading Aloud, Close Reading – Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (K. G. Davis, 2014) This would make for a great read aloud in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade with opportunities for rereading excerpts of text to think critically about the author’s central ideas and purposes. The main part of the text is written as a narrative with the purpose of …Read more

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Book Review and Prompts – Call of the Klondike

Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure (Meissner and Richardson, 2013) I’d recommend this book for a a nonfiction literature circle in grades 5 (savvy readers) through 8 (striving readers). It would also be worthy of doing a book talk and placing in a prominent space in the classroom library –in hopes that …Read more

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Close Reading Lesson with Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine

All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine by Monica Kulling (2013) Recently I had the pleasure of teaching demonstration lessons in several third grade classes. In one class, the students were immersed in a unit of study with the essential question “How can learning help us grow?” The text for the lesson was All Aboard! Elijah …Read more

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4th to 6th grade – Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

Book review and recommendations for close reading (excerpts, CCSS-aligned questions, etc.) Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl (Bolden, 2005). I found this book when I started searching other titles by one of my “go to” authors Tonya Bolden. The book is put together in a way I’d like to explore with 4th-6th grade students. The author’s …Read more

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Book Review and Excerpt for Close Reading, grades 4-8

Review of At Home in Her Tomb (Liu-Perkins, 2014) and excerpt for close reading. This book joins a growing group of titles about how archaeology and forensics inform our historical knowledge. Great for STEM classrooms and also for teachers who are trying to expand students’ interest in reading informational texts. In the early 70’s a …Read more

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